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FULL LIST: Winners of The Game Awards 2021

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FULL LIST: Winners of The Game Awards 2021

IT TAKES TWO. The innovative co-op title takes home the Game of the Year trophy

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'It Takes Two' takes home Game of the Year honors, along with the Best Family and Best Multiplayer awards

The year’s best videogames were recognized and celebrated at The Game Awards 2021, which returned to a physical event this year at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, after its virtual iteration last year. It was a more even field this year compared to 2020 when The Last of Us Part II dominated with seven trophies, including Game of the Year.

Two games are tied this year for taking home the most awards: the innovative co-op adventure It Takes Two and the ambitious racer Forza Horizon 5. The former took home Game of the Year honors along with Best Family and Best Multiplayer trophies. The latter meanwhile was awarded the Best Sports/Racing, Innovation in Accessibility, and Best Audio Design.

The event also showed off new trailers for upcoming videogames such as Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga, Alan Wake II, and Star Wars Eclipse; a trailer for the sequel to the Sonic movie; and a segment for The Matrix stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss who promoted the upcoming Matrix Resurrections movie, and the Matrix Awakens demo, an interactive experience now downloadable on the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Game of the Year

  • WINNER: It Takes Two
  • Deathloop
  • Metroid Dread
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Best Indie

  • WINNER: Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • 12 Minutes
  • Death’s Door
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero

Best Debut Indie

  • WINNER: Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Sable
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Forgotten City
  • Valheim

Best Performance

  • WINNER: Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village
  • Erika Mori as Alex Chen, Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo, Far Cry 6
  • Jason E. Kelley as Colt Vahn, Deathloop
  • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake, Deathloop

Best Action 

  • WINNER: Returnal
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Chivalry II
  • Deathloop
  • Far Cry 6

Best Art Direction

  • WINNER: Deathloop
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Artful Escape

Best Mobile

  • WINNER: Genshin Impact
  • Fantasian
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • MARVEL Future Revolution
  • Pokémon Unite

Best Narrative

  • WINNER: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Psychonauts 2

Best Action/Adventure

  • WINNER: Metroid Dread
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Best Ongoing Game

  • WINNER: Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Apex Legends
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Innovation in Accessibility

  • WINNER: Forza Horizon 5
  • Far Cry 6
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

Best Game Direction

  • WINNER: Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Returnal
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Family

  • WINNER: It Takes Two
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • New Pokémon Snap
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • WarioWare: Get It Together!

Best Fighting 

  • WINNER: Guilty Gear -Strive-
  • Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Best Sim/Strategy

  • WINNER: Age of Empires IV
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Humankind
  • Inscryption
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator

Best VR/AR

  • WINNER: Resident Evil 4 VR
  • Hitman 3
  • I Expect You To Die 2
  • Lone Echo II
  • Sniper Elite VR

Most Anticipated Game

  • WINNER: Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Starfield

Players’ Voice

  • WINNER: Halo Infinite
  • Metroid Dread
  • It Takes Two
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Resident Evil Village

Best RPG

  • WINNER: Tales of Arise
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Shin Megami Tensei V

Best Score and Music

  • WINNER: NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Deathloop
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Artful Escape

Best Audio Design

  • WINNER: Forza Horizon 5
  • Deathloop
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Returnal

Games for Impact

  • WINNER: Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Before Your Eyes
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Chicory
  • No Longer Home

Best Community Support

  • WINNER: Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky

Best Sports/Racing

  • WINNER: Forza Horizon 5
  • F1 2021
  • FIFA 22
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Riders Republic

Best Multiplayer

  • WINNER: It Takes Two
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Knockout City
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • New World
  • Valheim

Content Creator of the Year

  • WINNER Dream
  • Fuslie
  • Gaules
  • Ibai
  • TheGrefg

Best Esports Athlete

  • WINNER Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Chris “Simp” Lehr
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo

Best Esports Team

  • WINNER: Natus Vincere (CS:GO)
  • Atlanta FaZe (Call of Duty)
  • DWG KIA (League of Legends)
  • Sentinels (Valorant)
  • Team Spirit (DOTA 2)

Best Esports Coach

  • WINNER: Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun
  • Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Andrey “ENGH” Sholokhov
  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi
  • James “Crowder” Crowder

Best Esports Event

  • WINNER: 2021 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021
  • PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
  • The International 2021
  • Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters

Best Esports

  • WINNER: League of Legends
  • Call of Duty
  • CS:GO
  • DOTA 2
  • Valorant

– Rappler.com